Even though this started in July, it is ongoing. So check it out. I’ll be interviewing the chef in October. ~MDH


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THE WESTIN PHOENIX DOWNTOWN LAUNCHES A SHOP WITH THE CHEF PACKAGE Shop the local open-air market, learn about fresh foods, and enjoy a lunch served to your liking

PHOENIX – (July 26, 2012) The Westin Phoenix Downtown is launching an interactive culinary package that allows guests the opportunity to meet the chef, seek expert nutritional advice, shop a local open-air market for fresh ingredients, and then enjoy a customized three-course lunch. This new package is perfect for guests traveling from afar seeking local offerings or for neighbors looking for an up-close and personal food-focused experience.

This fall when the gardens are plentiful, The Westin Phoenix Downtown’s Shop with the Chef package will flourish. The experience commences with a chef meet and greet at the hotel’s restaurant, Province, on a Saturday morning. From there, the foodie excursion continues with a short stroll to the Phoenix Open-Air Market, located two blocks north of the hotel, where grocery shopping for the day’s lunch begins. At the Phoenix Open-Air Market, guests are able to connect with the chef and learn informative nutritional information about the assorted selections of fresh produce, herbs and spices.

The Phoenix Open-Air Market, open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, is a local gathering place that offers an eclectic mix of: fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, produce, flowers, jams, baked goods, dried beans, free-range eggs and honey; live plants and unique local arts and crafts; music and more. Everything featured at the Phoenix Open-Air Market is grown or made by the person selling it.

Guests shopping with the chef will enjoy engaging conversations, discover health benefits of fresh market produce and learn how to select the best seasonal items. After a morning of culinary talk and selecting ingredients for lunch, guests will surely have an appetite for a mouthwatering meal!

After an interactive and educational local shopping excursion, the experience continues back at The Westin Phoenix Downtown where guests are greeted upon return with a beverage of choice. Now it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a refreshing chiller while the chef cleans, prepares and cooks a delicious three-course luncheon with the fresh ingredients just purchased at the Phoenix Open-Air Market.

Tailored to the guest’s liking, the three-course luncheon is served in Province’s modern, sophisticated and sleek dining room where the space is comfortable and understated. Sustainable cork tabletops, vibrant pink accents, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and a living moss wall, enhance the restaurant’s organic yet hip atmosphere as guests enjoy their luncheon experience.

-more-Page 2 – The Westin Phoenix Downtown Shop with the Chef Lunch Series

Shop with the Chef allows for a fun, informative and delicious culinary escape. This package is available on weekends from September 8 through October 27, 2012. As an overnight package, rates start from $329 and can be booked with rate plan MARKET by calling 1-800-WESTIN1 or by visiting www.WestinPhoenixDowntown.com/Market.

For those unable to take advantage of a night’s stay, guests are still welcome to join for shopping with the chef and the three-course luncheon experience for $75 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuities. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance by calling 602.429.3600 or by visiting http://phoenix.provincerestaurant.com.

*Chef shopping at the market with lunch is only available on Saturdays. *Price includes chef-selected market groceries. Guests may purchase additional market offerings at their discretion. *Package includes one signature welcome beverage. Additional beverages available with supplement. *Must be 21+ to consume alcohol. *Room package price is based on single occupancy

About The Westin Phoenix Downtown Hotel

The Westin Phoenix Downtown opened on March 10, 2011, as a boutique hotel with 242 guestrooms and 15,000 square feet of meeting space. Located on floors 11 through 18 in the Freeport-McMoRan Center, the hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the Valley. The hotel offers signature services and amenities such as the Westin Heavenly Bed®, Westin Heavenly Shower® and Westin Workout®. Province, the hotel’s restaurant, combines Old World and new world culinary sensibilities and features Latin-inspired American cuisine. For additional information about the hotel or for reservations, please visit www.westinphoenixdowntown.com.



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